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Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio

Richland Township is one of the sixteen townships of Belmont County, Ohio, United States. The 2010 census found 14,973 people in the township,[3] 9,789 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.

Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio
Great Western Schoolhouse, built 1870
Location of Richland Township in Belmont County
Location of Richland Township in Belmont County
Coordinates: 40°3′45″N 80°54′21″W / 40.06250°N 80.90583°W / 40.06250; -80.90583Coordinates: 40°3′45″N 80°54′21″W / 40.06250°N 80.90583°W / 40.06250; -80.90583
CountryUnited States
StateOhio
CountyBelmont
Area
 • Total58.8 sq mi (152.2 km2)
 • Land58.3 sq mi (151.0 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
Elevation1,188 ft (362 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total14,973
 • Density257/sq mi (99.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code39-66628[2]
GNIS feature ID1085783[1]
Websitehttp://www.richlandtwp.us

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GeographyEdit

Located in the central part of the county, it borders the following townships:

The city of St. Clairsville is located in central Richland Township, and two unincorporated communities are located in the township: Bannock in the northwest, and Glencoe in the south.

Name and historyEdit

Richland Township was established in 1802. The name Richland is descriptive and refers to the fertility of their soil as well as the wealth of coal and limestone within the township's borders.[4]

It is one of twelve Richland Townships statewide.[5]

GovernmentEdit

The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[6] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Richland township, Belmont County, Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  4. ^ McKelvey, A. T. (1903). Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens. Biographical Publishing Company. p. 238.
  5. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
  6. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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